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2015 Brazil Mediation Congress

On April 24, 2015, CPR in association with CAMARB held Brazil’s third Business Mediation Congress in São Paulo. The goal of the Congress is to continue to raise awareness in Brazil as to the availability and suitability of mediation as a method for resolving business disputes. The 2015 event featured speakers from the corporate, law firm, academic and mediator communities. AMCHAM hosted the Congress and provided logistical support.

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2015 CPR III Brazil Business Mediation Congress in São Paulo
Forging the Future: Redefining Winning and Adapting to Change

7:30 - 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 - 9:00 Opening: Video on CPR's mission and introduction by Noah Hanft, CPR President and Chief Executive Officer
Welcoming Remarks: Crina Baltag, Secretary General of the AMCHAM Brazil Arbitration and Mediation Center
9:00 - 9:30 Keynote: "Societal Challenges: Mediation as an Innovative Dispute Resolution Tool" - Celso Cintra Mori, Partner, Pinheiro Neto
9:30 - 11:00

CORPORATE CONFLICT MANAGEMENT: Each year, CPR honors a corporation that has demonstrated leadership in the field of conflict management and has institutionalized Consensual Dispute Resolution into its legal structure and corporate culture.  Get to know some of the companies that have been honored by CPR and have committed resources to establishing and practicing global, sustainable dispute management and resolution processes. This panel will also examine the role of the CPR Corporate Policy Statement on Alternatives to Litigation (“CPR Pledge”) when mediation was in its infancy, as well as the role of the 21st Century Corporate ADR Pledge today.

CPR: Olivier André, Vice President, International and Dispute Resolution Services
Hewlett-Packard: Carlos Eduardo Palinkas, Litigation Manager, Brazil
Pfizer: Shirley Meschke, Legal Director
Amgen:  Paulo  Rosito,  Legal Manager 
General Electric: Luciano Costa, General Counsel, Latin America 
Johnson & Johnson: Rodrigo Exman, Legal Director 
Baker & Mckenzie: Joaquim Muniz, Partner, Trench, Rossi and Watanabe  

Moderator: Olivier André


ODR IN THE 21st CENTURY: Information and technology have revolutionized dispute resolution with new tools. As a result, ODR has seen an astonishing and extraordinary growth in efficiency. Among other topics, this panel will discuss the challenges and reality of business-to-business, international and complex multi-party public disputes; predictions for the future; and how ODR just may be the small-claims court for the 21st century.

Is ODR the Future? Flavia Foz Mange, Partner, Jabardo, Mange & Gabbay
Brave New World: Daniel Arbix, Corporate Counsel, Google
ODR Arrives in the Courts: André Gomma: Judge, Member of the Steering Committee of CNJ
On-Line Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration: Diana Muhr, Corporate Counsel, ResolvJa
The ODR Solution for Debt: Sergio Fernandes, Legal Director, Latin America, Experian
E-commerce Business:  Luis Claudio Casanova, Litigation Manager, Mercado Livre
International Digital Wallet: Ana Paula Kagueyama, Legal Director, Pay Pal

12:30 - 13:20 Lunch
13:20 - 13:30 Marcelo Dias Goncalves Vilela, Director and President, CAMARB
13:30 - 14:30


Panel II:

EmploymentRobert C. Randolph, Partner, Carr, Swanson and Randolph
Industrial: Patricia Freitas Fuoco, Mediator and Partner, Pacheco Neto, Sanden e Teisseire
Insurance: Vivien Lys, Mediator, Law Professor, PUC/SP, Porto Ferreira & Fuso
Judiciary: Daniela Gabbay, Mediator, Partner at Jabardo, Mange & Gabbay
Governance: Andrea Maia, Mediatior and Partner, FindResolution  

Moderator: Nathalia Mazzonetto, Mediator and Partner, Muller & Mazzonetto

14:30 - 15:30

DEVELOPING MEDIATION IN SPECIFIC SECTORS - PART II:  These mediation professionals analyze some of the latest developments, both legal and practical, in the Consensual Dispute Resolution (CDR) arena.

Panel I:
Banking & Financial Services: Jack P. Levin, Arbitrator, Mediator
Construction: Fernanda Levy, Mediator, Partner, Bayer, Grosman e Levy 

International Dispute Review Boards: Frank Carr, Partner, Carr, Swanson & Randolph

Olympic/Sport: Augusto Figueiredo, Head of Dispute Prevention and Resolution - Rio 2006 Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games

Moderator: Monica Mendonça Costa, Arbitration and Litigation Partner, Tozzini Freire

15:30 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 17:30

DISPUTE INNOVATION IN BRAZIL:  How are we forging the future, redefining winning and adapting to change? In this panel, in-house and law firm counsel discuss how dispute resolution is being implemented in their companies or among their clients in Brazil.

Maria Rita de Carvalho Drumont, Corporate Counsel, Cosan 
Mauricio Gomm, Partner, Gomm & Smith
Andre Chateubriand, Transnational Litigation, Partner, Sergio Bermudes
Erika Oliveira, Legal Manager, Cargill Agricola
Mariangela Sampaio, Legal Marketing Affairs, Unilever
Andre Brickman Areno, General Legal Manager,  Brazil Gerdau
Christy Reckziegel Lopes, Regional Counsel, Region Latin America, Pöyry Tecnologia
Fatima C. Bonassa Bucker, Mediator, Arbitrator, Partner, Bonassa Bucker

Moderator: Renato Grion, Mediator and Arbitrator, Partner, Pinheiro Neto

17:30 - 18:00 THE BUSINESS MEDIATION IN BRAZIL TODAY: How Are We Redefining Winning and Adapting to Change

Speakers: Professor at University of São Paulo, Carlos Alberto Carmona
18:00 - 19:30 Cocktail Reception

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The CPR Brazil Initiative has been funded by:


The Sondheimer Family Charitable Foundation

Questions? For Portuguese, contact Angelica Walker at or call 1.646.753.8253
For questions in English, contact Helena Tavares Erickson at or call 1.646.753.8237